Faithfulness

Not One Failed

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I’ve been reading in Joshua recently. This one verse jumped off the page when I read it.

“Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45)

Think about this. Everything the Lord promised to Israel happened. No matter how impossible it was, the Lord brought it about.

Think of some of the promises He makes for us today. For example:

“I am with you always even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard our heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

These are only 3 of hundreds of promises He has made to us, His children. Take a moment to reflect on them.

What other promises come to your mind? Thank Him for His amazing faithfulness.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)
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Remember

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Many times in the Scriptures we are reminded to “remember”. This week, we in MentorLink formally gather to Remember all that He has done in and through us in these last twenty years.

Remembering is not about us but Him. Would you take a few minutes to remember what He has done in and through your life and ministry in recent years? Give Him praise for His goodness, faithfulness, grace and mercy toward you.

Maranatha (Come Lord)
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Stones of Remembrance

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As we stand at the brink of a brand-new year, I once again stand in amazement at all He has done this past year – hearing stories of hope, deliverance and growth; sharing rich fellowship, corporate prayer and worship with brothers and sisters around the world; and witnessing countless examples of Christ’s faithfulness despite our own human brokenness.

Reflecting on these brought to mind the Lord’s commandment to Joshua (Joshua 4) to set up twelve stones of remembrance to remind the Israelites (and their future generations) of God’s faithfulness, deliverance, sustenance and provision.

1 Samuel 12:7 also describes Samuel setting up an Ebenezer stone as a powerful reminder that the Lord came to the Israelite’s rescue in battle and ultimately enabled them to conquer the Philistines.

My question to you as we close out 2018: What “stones of remembrance” come to mind when you reflect on the year? Whether the year was a particularly challenging one or a season of abundance and rejoicing, how has God shown Himself strong, reliable and trustworthy in your life?

I’ll leave you with some lyrics from the hymn, “Come Thou Fount”:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here by Thy great help I’ve come!

Happy New Year!
Maranatha,

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Great Is Your Faithfulness

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Jeremiah was crying and in great despair over the travesty of the oppression from without and the rot from within God’s people. He was maligned, imprisoned, scorned, ridiculed, shamed and tortured. Though all these bad things happened to him personally, the famine and threat from the enemy has profoundly harmed the people of Jerusalem. So all around him was fear, pain and hopelessness.

In this context he writes, “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).

Think through all the pains and hardships you face in your life today.

Where is your heart crying?

At least for me, I have so little to complain about compared to all the Jerimiah went through. Yet in all of this, he grasped for the loving-kindnesses, compassion and faithfulness of the Lord. Can I do any less?

Take some minutes to pour out your heart to the Lord, then praise Him for His loving-kindnesses, compassion and faithfulness.

Maranatha,
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